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"Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy. Thou art the governor of Tattu (Busiris), and also the mighty one in Sekhem (Letopolis). Thou art the Lord to whom praises are ascribed in the nome of Ati, thou art the Prince of divine food in Anu. Thou art the Lord who is commemorated in Maati, the Hidden Soul, the Lord of Qerrt (Elephantine), the Ruler supreme in White Wall (Memphis). Thou art the Soul of Ra, his own body, and hast thy place of rest in Henensu (Herakleopolis).

Thou art the beneficent one, and art praised in Nart. Thou makest thy soul to be raised up. Thou art the Lord of the Great House in Khemenu (Hermopolis). Thou art the mighty one of victories in Shas-hetep, the Lord of eternity, the Governor of Abydos. The path of his throne is in Ta-tcheser (a part of Abydos). Thy name is established in the mouths of men. Thou art the substance of Two Lands (Egypt). Thou art Tem, the feeder of Kau (Doubles), the Governor of the Companies of the gods. Thou art the beneficent Spirit among the spirits. The god of the Celestial Ocean (Nu) draweth from thee his waters. Thou sendest forth the north wind at eventide, and breath from thy nostrils to the satisfaction of thy heart. Thy heart reneweth its youth, thou producest the.... The stars in the celestial heights are obedient unto thee, and the great doors of the sky open themselves before thee. Thou art he to whom praises are ascribed in the southern heaven, and thanks are given for thee in the northern heaven. The imperishable stars are under thy supervision, and the stars which never set are thy thrones. Offerings appear before thee at the decree of Keb. The Companies of the Gods praise thee, and the gods of the Tuat (Other World) smell the earth in paying homage to thee. The uttermost parts of the earth bow before thee, and the limits of the skies entreat thee with supplications when they see thee. The holy ones are overcome before thee, and all Egypt offereth thanksgiving unto thee when it meeteth Thy Majesty. Thou art a shining Spirit-Body, the governor of Spirit-Bodies; permanent is thy rank, established is thy rule. Thou art the well-doing Sekhem (Power) of the Company of the Gods, gracious is thy face, and beloved by him that seeth it. Thy fear is set in all the lands by reason of thy perfect love, and they cry out to thy name making it the first of names, and all people make offerings to thee. Thou art the lord who art commemorated in heaven and upon earth. Many are the cries which are made to thee at the Uak festival, and with one heart and voice Egypt raiseth cries of joy to thee.

"Thou art the Great Chief, the first among thy brethren, the Prince of the Company of the Gods, the stablisher of Right and Truth throughout the World, the Son who was set on the great throne of his father Keb. Thou art the beloved of thy mother Nut, the mighty one of valour, who overthrew the Sebau-fiend. Thou didst stand up and smite thine enemy, and set thy fear in thine adversary. Thou dost bring the boundaries of the mountains. Thy heart is fixed, thy legs are set firm. Thou art the heir of Keb and of the sovereignty of the Two Lands (Egypt). He (Keb) hath seen his splendours, he hath decreed for him the guidance of the world by thy hand as long as times endure. Thou hast made this earth with thy hand, and the waters, and the winds, and the vegetation, and all the cattle, and all the feathered fowl, and all the fish, and all the creeping things, and all the wild animals therof. The desert is the lawful possession of the son of Nut. The Two Lands (Egypt) are content to crown thee upon the throne of thy father, like Ra.

"Thou rollest up into the horizon, thou hast set light over the darkness, thou sendest forth air from thy plumes, and thou floodest the Two Lands like the Disk at daybreak. Thy crown penetrateth the height of heaven, thou art the companion of the stars, and the guide of every god. Thou art beneficent in decree and speech, the favoured one of the Great Company of the Gods, and the beloved of the Little Company of the Gods.

His sister [Isis] hath protected him, and hath repulsed the fiends, and turned aside calamities (of evil). She uttered the spell with the magical power of her mouth. Her tongue was perfect, and it never halted at a word. Beneficent in command and word was Isis, the woman of magical spells, the advocate of her brother. She sought him untiringly, she wandered round and round about this earth in sorrow, and she alighted not without finding him. She made light with her feathers, she created air with her wings, and she uttered the death wail for her brother. She raised up the inactive members of whose heart was still, she drew from him his essence, she made an heir, she reared the child in loneliness, and the place where he was not known, and he grew in strength and stature, and his hand was mighty in the House of Keb. The Company of the Gods rejoiced, rejoiced, at the coming of Horus, the son of Osiris, whose heart was firm, the triumphant, the son of Isis, the heir of Osiris." A HYMN OF PRAISE TO RA WHEN HE RISETH IN THE EASTERN PART OF HEAVEN:

Behold, the Osiris Ani, the scribe of the holy offerings of all the

gods, saith: Homage to thee, O thou who hast come as Khepera,

Khepera the creator of the gods, Thou art seated on thy throne, thou

risest up in the sky, illumining thy mother [Nut] , thou art seated

on thy throne as the king of the gods. [Thy] mother Nut stretcheth out

her hands, and performeth an act of homage to thee. The domain of Manu

receiveth thee with satisfaction. The goddess Maat embraceth thee at

the two seasons of the day. May Ra give glory, and power, and

thruth-speaking, and the appearance as a living soul so that he may

gaze upon Heru-khuti, to the KA of the Osiris the Scribe Ani, who

speaketh truth before Osiris, and who saith: Hail, O all ye gods of

the House of the Soul, who weigh heaven and earth in a balance, and

who give celestial food [to the dead] . Hail, Tatun, [who art] One,

thou creator of mortals [and] of the Companies of the Gods of the

South and of the North, of the West and of the East, ascribe ye praise

to Ra, the lord of heaven, the KING, Life, Strength, and Health, the

maker of the gods. Give ye thanks unto him in his beneficent form

which is enthroned in the Atett Boat; beings celestial praise thee,

beings terrestial praise thee. Thoth and the goddess Maat mark out thy

course for thee day by day and every day. Thine enemy the Serpent hath

been given over to the fire. The Serpent-fiend Sebau hath fallen

headlong, his forelegs are bound in chains, and his hind legs hath

Ra carried away from him. The Sons of Revolt shall never more rise up.

The House of the Aged One keepeth festival, and the voices of those

who make merry are in the Great Place. The gods rejoice when they

see Ra crowned upon his throne, and when his beams flood the world

with light. The majesty of this holy god setteth out on his journey,

and he goeth onwards until he reacheth the land of Manu; the earth

becometh light at his birth each day; he proceedeth until he

reacheth the place where he was yesterday. O be thou at peace with me.

Let me gaze upon thy beauties. Let me journey above the earth. Let

me smite the Ass. Let me slit asunder the Serpent-fiend Sebau. Let

me destroy Aepep at the moment of his greatest power. Let me behold

the Abtu Fish at his season, and the Ant Fish with the Ant Boat as

it piloteth it in its lake. Let me behold Horus when he is in charge

of the rudder [of the Boat of Ra] , with Thoth and the goddess Maat

on each side of him. Let me lay hold of the tow-rope of the Sektet

Boat, and the rope at the stern of the Matett Boat. Let Ra grant to me

a view of the Disk (the Sun), and a sight of Ah (the Moon) unfailingly

each day. Let my Ba-soul come forth to walk about hither and thither

and whithersoever it pleaseth. Let my name be called out, let it be

found inscribed on the tablet which recordeth the names of those who

are to receive offerings. Let meals from the sepulchral offerings be

given to me in the presence [of Osiris] , as to those who are in the

following of Horus. Let there be prepared for me a seat in the Boat of

the Sun on the day wheron the god saileth. Let me be received in the

presence of Osiris in the Land of Truth-speaking- the Ka of Osiris


(From the Papyrus of Nekht, Brit. Mus. No. 10471, Sheet 21)


OF PRAISE TO RA, and saith:- Homage to thee, O thou glorious Being,

thou who art dowered [with all sovereignty] . O Tem-Heru-Khuti

(Tem-Harmakhis), when thou risest in the horizon of heaven a cry of

joy goeth forth to thee from all people. O thou beautiful Being,

thou dost renew thyself in thy season in the form of the Disk,

within thy mother Hathor. Therefore in every place every heart

swelleth with joy at thy rising for ever. The regions of the South and

the North come to thee with homage, and send forth acclamations at thy

rising on the horizon of heaven, and thou illuminest the Two Lands

with rays of turquoise- [coloured] light. O Ra, who art Heru-Khuti, the

divine man-child, the heir of eternity, self-begotten and self-born,

king of the earth, prince of the Tuat (the Other World), governor of

Aukert, thou didst come from the Water-god, thou didst spring from the

Sky-god Nu, who doth cherish thee and order thy members. O thou god of

life, thou lord of love, all men live when thou shinest; thou art

crowned king of the gods. The goddess Nut embraceth thee, and the

goddess Mut enfoldeth thee at all seasons. Those who are in thy

following sing unto thee with joy, and they bow down their foreheads

to the earth when they meet thee, the lord of heaven, the lord of

the earth, the King of Truth, the lord of eternity, the prince of

everlastingness, thou sovereign of all the gods, thou god of life,

thou creator of eternity, thou maker of heaven wherin thou art

firmly stablished.

The Company of the Gods rejoice at thy rising, the earth is glad

when it beholdeth thy rays; the people who have been long dead come

forth with cries of joy to behold thy beauties every day. Thou goest

forth each day over heaven and earth, and thou art made strong each

day be thy mother Nut. Thou passest over the heights of heaven, thy

heart swelleth with joy; and the Lake of Testes (the Great Oasis) is

content thereat. The Serpent-fiend hath fallen, his arms are hewn off,

the Knife hath severed his joints. Ra liveth by Maat (Law), the

beautiful! The Sektet Boat advanceth and cometh into port. The South

and the North, and the West and East, turn to praise thee. O thou

First, Great God (PAUTA), who didst come into being of thine own

accord, Isis and Nephthys salute thee, they sing unto thee songs of

joy at thy rising in the boat, they stretch out their hands unto thee.

The Souls of the East follow thee, and the Souls of the West praise

thee. Thou art the Ruler of all the gods. Thou in thy shrine hast joy,

for the Serpent-fiend Nak hath been judged by the fire, and thy

heart shall rejoice for ever. Thy mother Nut is esteemed by thy father



A Hymn of Praise to Osiris Un-Nefer, the great god who dwelleth in

Abtu, the king of eternity, the lord of everlastingness, who

traverseth millions of years in his existence. Thou art the eldest son

of the womb of Nut. Thou was begotten by Keb, the Erpat. Thou art

the lord of the Urrt Crown. Thou art he whose White Crown is lofty.

Thou art the King (Ati) of gods [and] men. Thou hast gained possession

of the sceptre of rule, and the whip, and the rank and dignity of

thy divine fathers. Thy heart is expanded with joy, O thou who art

in the kingdom of the dead. Thy son Horus is firmly placed on thy

throne. Thou hast ascended thy throne as the Lord of Tetu, and as

the Heq who dwelleth in Abydos. Thou makest the Two Lands to

flourish through Truth-speaking, in the presence of him who is the

Lord to the Uttermost Limit. Thou drawest on that which hath not yet

come into being in thy name of "Ta-her-sta-nef." Thou governest the

Two Lands by Maat in thy name of "Seker." Thy power is wide-spread,

thou art he of whom the fear is great in thy name of "Usar" (or

"Asar"). Thy existence endureth for an infinite number of double henti

periods in thy name of "Un-Nefer."

Homage to thee, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and Prince of

Princes. Thou hast ruled the Two Lands from the womb of the goddess

Nut. Thou hast governed the Lands of Akert. Thy members are of

silver-gold, thy head is of lapis-lazuli, and the crown of thy head is

of turquoise. Thou art An of millions of years. Thy body is all

pervading, O Beautiful Face in Ta-tchesert. Grant thou to me glory

in heaven, and power upon earth, and truth-speaking in the Divine

Underworld, and [the power to] sail down the river to Tetu in the form

of a living Ba-soul, and [the power to] sail up the river to Abydos in

the form of a Benu bird, and [the power to] pass in through and to

pass out from, without obstruction, the doors of the lords of the

Tuat. Let there be given unto me bread-cakes in the House of

Refreshing, and sepulchral offerings of cakes and ale, and

propitiatory offerings in Anu, and a permanent homestead in

Sekhet-Aaru, with wheat and barley therein- to the Double of the






The Osiris Ani, the Osiris the scribe Ani saith:- Homage to thee,

O Bull of Amentet, Thoth the king of eternity is with me. I am the

great god by the side of the divine boat, I have fought for thee, I am

one of those gods, those divine chiefs, who proved the

truth-speaking of Osiris before his enemies on the day of the weighing

of words. I am thy kinsman Osiris. I am [one of] those gods who were

the children of the goddess Nut, who hacked in pieces the enemies of

Osiris, and who bound in fetters the legion of Sebau devils on his

behalf. I am thy kinsman Horus, I have fought on thy behalf, I have

come to thee for thy name's sake. I am Thoth who proved the truth of

the words of Osiris before his enemies on the day of the weighing of

words in the great House of the Prince, who dwelleth in Anu. I am

Teti, the son of Teti. My mother conceived me in Tetu, and gave

birth to me in Tetu. I am with the mourners [and with] the women who

tear out their hair and make lament for Osiris in Taui-Rekhti, proving

true the words of Osiris before his enemies. Ra commanded Thoth to

prove true the words of Osiris before his enemies; what was

commanded [for Osiris] , let that be done for me by Thoth. I am with

Horus on the day of dressing Teshtesh. I open the hidden water-springs

for the ablutions of Urt-ab. I unbolt the door of the Shetait Shrine

in Ra-stau. I am with Horus as the protector of the left shoulder of

Osiris, the dweller in Sekhem. I enter in among and I come forth

from the Flame-gods on the day of the destruction of the Sebau

fiends in Sekhem. I am with Horus on the day [s] of the festivals of

Osiris, at the making of offerings and oblations, namely, on the

festival which is celebrated on the sixth day of the month, and on the

day of the Tenat festival in Anu. I am the UAB priest (libationer)

in Tetu, Rera, the dweller in Per-Asar. I exalt him that is upon the

high place of the country. I look upon the hidden things (the

mysteries) in Ra-stau. I recite the words of the liturgy of the

festival of the Soul-god in Tetu. I am the SEM priest, and [perform]

his duties. I am the UR-KHERP-HEM priest on the day of placing the

Henu Boat of Seker upon its divine sledge. I have taken in my hand the

digging tool on the day of digging up the earth in Hensu.

Hail, O ye who make perfect souls to enter into the House of Osiris,

make ye the well-instructed soul of the Osiris the scribe Ani, whose

word is true, to enter in and to be with you in the House of Osiris.

Let him hear even as ye hear; let him have sight even as ye have

sight; let him stand up even as ye stand up; let him take his seat

even as ye take your seats.

Hail, O ye who give cakes and ale to perfect souls in the House of

Osiris, give ye cakes and ale twice each day (in the morning and in

the evening) to the soul of the Osiris Ani, whose word is true

before the gods, the Lords of Abydos, and whose word is true with you.

Hail, O ye who open up the way, who act as guides to the roads [in

the Other World] to perfect souls in the House of Osiris, open ye up

for him the way, and act ye as guides to the roads to the soul of

the Osiris, the scribe, the registrary of all the offerings made to

the gods, Ani, [whose word is true] with you. May he enter the House

of Osiris with boldness, and may he come forth therefrom in peace. May

there be no opposition made to him, and may he not be sent back

[therefrom] . May he enter in under favour [of Osiris] , and may he come

forth gratified [at the acceptance of] his true words. May his

commands be performed in the House of Osiris, may his words travel

with you, may he be glorious as ye are. May he be not found to be

light in the Balance, may the Balance dispose of his case.

(In the Turin Papyrus, ed. Lepsius, this Chapter ends with the


Permit thou not me to be judged according to the mouths of the

multitude. May my soul lift itself up before [Osiris] , having been

found to have been pure when on earth. May I come into thy presence, O

Lord of the gods; may I arrive at the Nome of Maati (Truth); may I

rise up on my seat like a god endowed with life; may I give forth

light like the Company of the Gods who dwell in heaven; may I become

like one of you; may I lift up my footsteps in the town of Kher-Aha;

may I look upon the Sektet Boat of the god, Saah, the holy one, as

it passeth across the sky; may I not be repulsed; may I look upon

the Lords of the Tuat, or, according to another reading, the Company

of the Gods; may I smell the savour of the divine food of the

Company of the Gods; may I sit down with them; may my name be

proclaimed for offerings by the KHER-HEB priest at the sacrificial

table; may I hear the petitions which are made when offerings are

presented; may I draw nigh unto the Neshem Boat; and may neither my

Heart-soul nor its lord be repulsed.

Homage to thee, O Chief of Amentet, thou god Osiris, who dwellest in

the town of Nifu-ur. Grant thou that I may arrive in peace in Amentet.

May the Lords of Ta-Tchesert receive me, and may they say unto me:

"Hail, hail; welcome, welcome!" May they make ready for me a seat by

the side of the President of the Chiefs; may the Nursing-goddesses

receive me at the seasons, and may I come forth into the presence of

Un-Nefer true of word. May I be a Follower of Horus in Ra-stau, and of

Osiris in Tetu; and may I perform all the transformations which my

heart may desire to make in every place wherein my Double (KA) wisheth

to be.

RUBRIC: If this text be known [by the deceased] upon earth or if

he causeth it to be done in writing upon [his] coffin, then will he be

able to come forth on any day he pleaseth, and to enter into his

habitation unrepulsed. Cakes and ale and joints of meat from those

which are on the altar of Ra shall be given unto him, and his

homestead shall be among the fields of the Field of Reeds

(Sekhet-Aaru), and wheat and barley shall be given unto him therein,

and he shall flourish there even as he flourished upon earth.THE CHAPTER OF MAKING THE SAHU TO ENTER THE TUAT ON THE DAY OF THE


thou who dwellest in the Holy Hill (Set-Tchesert) of Amentet! the

Osiris, the royal scribe, Nekhtu-Amen, whose word is true, knoweth

thee, he knoweth thy name. Deliver thou him from the worms which are

in Ra-stau, which live upon the bodies of men and women, and feed upon

their blood, for Osiris, the favoured servant of the god of his

city, the royal scribe Nekhtu-Amen, knoweth you, and he knoweth your

names. Let the order for his protection be the first command of

Osiris, the Lord to the Uttermost Limit, who keepeth his body

hidden. May he give him release from the Terrible One who dwelleth

at the bend of the River of Amentet, and may he decree the acts that

will make him to rise up. Let him pass on to him whose throne is

placed within the darkness, who giveth light in Ra-stau. O thou Lord

of Light, come thou and swallow up the worms which are in Amentet. Let

the Great God who dwelleth in Tetu, and who is himself unseen, hear

his prayers, and let those who cause afflictions hold him in fear as

he cometh forth with the sentence of their doom to the Divine Block. I

the Osiris, the royal scribe, Nekhtu-Amen, come, bearing the decree of

Neb-er-tcher, and I am the Horus who taketh possession of his throne

for him. His father, the lord of all those who are in the Boat of

his Father Horus, hath ascribed praise unto him. He cometh bearing

tidings....... let him see the town of Anu. Their chief shall stand on

the earth before him, the scribes shall magnify him at the doors of

their assemblies, and thy shall swathe im with swathings in Anu. He

hath led heaven captive, and he hath seized the earth in his grasp.

Neither the heavens nor the earth can be taken away from him, for,

behold, he is Ra, the firstborn of the gods. His mother shall nurse

him, and shall give him her breast on the horizon.

RUBRIC: The words of this Chapter shall be said after [the deceased]

is laid to rest in Amentet; by means of them the region Tenn-t shall

be contented with her lord. And the Osiris, the royal scribe,

Nekhtu-Amen, whose word is truth, shall come forth, and he shall

embark in the Boat of Ra, and [his] body upon its bier shall be

counted up, and he shall be established in the Tuat.



IS TRUE, WHO SAITH:- I rise up out of the Egg in the Hidden Land.

May my mouth be given unto me that I may speak therewith in the

presence of the Great God, the Lord of the Tuat. Let not my hand and

my arm be repulsed in the presence of the Chiefs (Tchatchau) of any

god. I am Osiris, the Lord of Ra-stau. May I, the Osiris, the scribe

Ani, whose word is true, have my portion with him who is on the top of

the Steps (Osiris). According to the desire of my heart I have come

forth from the Island of Nesersert, and I have extinguished the fire.

[The following passage is taken from the Saite Recension]


SAITH] :- Homage to thee, O thou lord of brightness, Governor of the

Temple, Prince of the night and of the thick darkness. I have come

unto thee. I am shining, I am pure. My hands are about thee, thou hast

thy lot with thy ancestors. Give thou unto me my mouth that I may

speak with it. I guide my heart at its season of flame and of night.

RUBRIC: If this Chapter be known by the Osiris the scribe Ani,

upon earth, [or if it be done] in writing upon [his] coffin, he

shall come forth by day in every form which he pleaseth, and he

shall enter into [his] abode, and shall not be repulsed. And cakes,

and ale, and joints of meat [from those which are on] the altar of

Osiris shall be given unto him; and he shall enter in peace into

Sekhet-Aaru, conformably to the decree of the Dweller in Busiris.

Wheat and barley (dhura) shall be given unto him therein, and he shall

flourish there just as he did upon earth; and he shall do whatsoever

it pleaseth him to do, even as do the Company of the Gods who are in

the Tuat, regularly and continually, for millions of times. THE CHAPTER OF COMING FORTH BY DAY AND OF OPENING UP A WAY THROUGH

THE AMEHET: Behold, the scribe Nebseni, whose word is truth, saith:-

Homage to you, O ye Lords of Kau, ye who are without sin, and who live

for the endless and infinite aeons of time which make up eternity. I

have opened up a way for myself to you. I have become a spirit in my

forms, I have gotten the mastery over my words of magical power, and I

am adjudged a spirit; therefore deliver ye me from the Crocodile

[which liveth in] this Country of Truth. Grant ye to me my mouth

that I may speak therewith, and cause ye that sepulchral offerings

shall be made unto me in your presence, for I know you, and I know

your names, and I know also the name of the mighty god before whose

face ye set your celestial food. His name is "Tekem." [When] he

openeth up his path on the eastern horizon of heaven, [when] he

alighteth towards the western horizon of heaven, may he carry me along

with him, and may I be safe and sound. Let not the Mesqet make an

end of me, let not the Fiend (Sebau) gain the mastery over me, let

me not be driven away from the doors of the Other World, let not you

doors be shut in my face, for my cakes are in the city of Pe, and my

ale is in the city of Tep. And there, in the celestial mansions of

heaven which my divine father Tem hath stablished, let my hands lay

hold upon the wheat and the barley, which shall be given unto me

therein in abundant measure, and may the son of my own body make ready

for me my food therein. And grant ye unto me when I am there

sepulchral meals, and incense, and unguents, and all the pure and

beautiful things whereon the god liveth, in every deed for ever, in

all the transformations which it pleaseth me [to perform] , and grant

unto me the power to float down and to sail up the stream in the Field

of Reeds (Sekhet-Aaru), [and may I reach Sekhet-hetepet (the Field

of Offerings)] . I am the twin Lion-gods (Shu and Tefnut).



Great God in his boat. 2. Temu. 3. Shu. 4. Tefnut. 5. Keb. 6. Nut, the

Lady of Heaven. 7. Isis. 8. Nephthys. 9. Horus, the Great God. 10.

Hathor, Lady of Amentet. 11. Hu. 12. Sa.

THE PRAYER OF ANI:- My heart, my mother; my heart, my mother! My

heart whereby I came into being! May nought stand up to oppose me at

[my] judgment, may there be no opposition to me in the presence of the

Chiefs (Tchatchau); may there be no parting of thee from me in the

presence of him that keepeth the Balance! Thou art my KA, which

dwelleth in my body; the god Khnemu who knitteth together and

strengtheneth my limbs. Mayest thou come forth into the place of

happiness whither we go. May the Sheniu officials, who make the

conditions of the lives of men, not cause my name to stink, and may no

lies be spoken against me in the presence of the God. [Let it be

satisfactory unto us, and let the Listener god be favourable unto

us, and let there be joy of heart (to us) at the weighing of words.

Let not that which is false be uttered against me before the Great

God, the Lord of Amentet. Verily, how great shalt thou be when thou

risest in triumph.]

THE SPEECH OF THOTH:- Thoth, the judge of right and truth of the

Great Company of the Gods who are in the presence of Osiris, saith:

Hear ye this judgment. The heart of Osiris hath in very truth been

weighed, and his Heart-soul hath borne testimony on his behalf; his

heart hath been found right by the trial in the Great Balance. There

hath not been found any wickedness in him; he hath not wasted the

offerings which have been made in the temples; he hath not committed

any evil act; and he hath not set his mouth in motion with words of

evil whilst he was upon earth.


good heed, O righteous Judge to the Balance to support [the testimony]

thereof. Variant: Pay good heed to the weighing in the Balance of

the heart of the Osiris, the singing-woman of Amen, Anhai, whose

word is truth, and place thou her heart in the seat of truth in the

presence of the Great God.

THE SPEECH OF THE GODS:- The Great Company of the Gods say to

Thoth who dwelleth in Khemenu: That which cometh forth from thy

mouth shall be declared true. The Osiris the scribe Ani, whose word is

true, is holy and righteous. He hath not committed any sin, and he

hath done no evil against us. The devourer Am-mit shall not be

permitted to prevail over him. Meat offerings and admittance into

the presence of the god Osiris shall be granted unto him, together

with an abiding habitation in the Field of Offerings (Sekhet-hetepet),

as unto the Followers of Horus.


son of Isis, saith: I have come to thee, O Un-Nefer, and I have

brought unto thee the Osiris Ani. His heart is righteous, and it

hath come forth from the Balance; it hath not sinned against any god

or any goddess. Thoth hath weighed it according to the decree

pronounced unto him by the Company of the Gods, and it is most true

and righteous. Grant thou that cakes and ale may be given unto him,

and let him appear in the presence of the god Osiris, and let him be

like unto the Followers of Horus for ever and ever.

THE SPEECH OF ANI:- And the Osiris Ani saith: Behold, I am in thy

presence, O Lord of Amentet. There is no sin in my body. I have not

spoken that which is not true knowingly, nor have I done anything with

a false heart. Grant thou that I may be like unto those favoured

ones who are in thy following, and that I may be an Osiris greatly

favoured of the beautiful god, and beloved of the Lord of the Two

Lands, I who am a veritable royal scribe who loveth thee, Ani, whose

word is true before the god Osiris.

DESCRIPTION OF THE BEAST AM-MIT:- Her forepart is like that of a

crocodile, the middle of her body is like that of a lion, her hind

quarters are like those of a hippopotamus. HERE BEGIN THE PRAISES AND GLORIFYINGS OF COMING OUT FROM AND OF





The Osiris the scribe Ani saith after he hath arrived in his haven

of rest- now it is good for [a man] to recite [this work whilst he is]

upon earth, for then all the words of Tem come to pass-

"I am the god Tem in rising. I am the Only One. I came into

existence in Nu. I am Ra who rose in the beginning, the ruler of

this [creation] ."

Who is this?

"It is Ra, when at the beginning he rose in the city of Hensu,

crowned like a king for his coronation. The Pillars of the god Shu

were not as yet created, when he was upon the steps of him that

dwelleth in Khemenu.

"I am the Great God who created himself, even Nu, who made his names

to become the Company of the Gods as gods."

Who is this?

"It is Ra, the creator of the names of his limbs, which came into

being in the form of the gods who are in the train of Ra.

"I am he who cannot be repulsed among the gods."

Who is this?

"It is Temu, the dweller in his disk, but others say that it is Ra

when he riseth in the eastern horizon of the sky.

"I am Yesterday, I know To-day."

Who is this?

"Yesterday is Osiris, and To-day is Ra, when he shall destroy the

enemies of Neb-er-tcher (the lord to the uttermost limit), and when he

shall establish as prince and ruler his son Horus.

"Others, however, say that To-day is Ra, on the day when we

commemorate the festival of the meeting of the dead Osiris with his

father Ra, and when the battle of the gods was fought, in which

Osiris, the Lord of Amentet, was the leader.""It is Amentet, [that is to say] the creation ofthe souls of the

gods when Osiris was leader in Set-Amentet.

"Others, however, say that it is the Amentet which Ra hath given

unto me; when any god cometh he must rise up and fight for it.

"I know the god who dwelleth therein."

Who is this?

"It is Osiris. Others, however, say that his name is Ra, and that

the god who dwelleth in Amentet is the phallus of Ra, wherewith he had

union with himself.

"I am the Benu bird which is in Anu. I am the keeper of the volume

of the book (the Tablet of Destiny) of the things which have been

made, and of the things which shall be made."

Who is this?

"It is Osiris.

"Others, however, say that it is the dead body of Osiris, and yet

others say that it is the excrement of Osiris. The things which have

been made, and the things which shall be made [refer to] the dead body

of Osiris. Others again say that the things which have been made are

Eternity, and the things which shall be made are Everlastingness,

and that Eternity is the Day, and Everlastingness the Night.

"I am the god Menu in his coming forth; may his two plumes be set on

my head for me."

Who is this?

"Menu is Horis, the Advocate of his father [Osiris] , and his

coming forth means his birth. The two plumes on his head are Isis

and Nephthys, when these goddesses go forth and set themselves

thereon, and when they act as his protectors, and when they provide

that which his head lacketh.

"Others, however, say that the two plumes are the two exceedingly

large uraei which are upon the head of their father Tem, and there are

yet others who say that the two plumes which are upon the head of Menu

are his two eyes.

"The Osiris the scribe Ani, whose word is true, the registrar of all

the offerings which are made to the gods, riseth up and cometh into

his city."What is this [city] ?

"It is the horizon of his father Tem.

"I have made an end of my shortcomings, and I have put away my


What is this?

"It is the cutting of the navel string of the body of the Osiris the

scribe Ani, whose word is true before all the gods, and all his faults

are driven out.

What is this ?

"It is the purification [of Osiris] on the day of his birth.

"I am purified in my great double nest which is in Hensu on the

day of the offerings of the followers of the Great God who dwelleth


What is the "great double nest"?

"The name of one nest is 'Millions of years,' and 'Great Green

[Sea] ' is the name of the other, that is to say 'Lake of Natron' and

'Lake of Salt.'

"Others, however, say the name of the one is 'Guide of Millions of

Years,' and that 'Great Green Lake' is name of the other. Yet others

say that 'Begetter of Millions of Years' is the name of one, and

'Great Green Lake' is the name of the other. Now, as concerning the

Great God who dwelleth therein, it is Ra himself.

"I pass over the way, I know the head of the Island of Maati."

What is this?

"It is Ra-stau, that is to say, it is the gate to the South of

Nerutef, and it is the Northern Gate of the Domain (Tomb of the god).

"Now, as concerning the Island of Maati, it is Abtu.

"Others, however, say that it is the way by which Father Tem

travelleth when he goeth forth to Sekhet-Aaru, [the place] which

produceth the food and sustenance of the gods who are [in] their


"Now the Gate Tchesert is the Gate of the Pillars of Shu, that is to

say, the Northern Gate of the Tuat.

"Others, however, say that the Gate of Tchesert is the two leaves of

the door through which the god Tem passeth when he goeth forth to

the eastern horizon of the sky.

"O ye gods who are in the presence [of Osiris] , grant to me your

arms, for I am the god who shall come into being among you." Who are these gods?

"They are the drops of blood which came forth from the phallus of Ra

when he went forth to perform his own mutilitation. These drops of

blood sprang into being under the forms of the gods Hu and Sa, who are

in the bodyguard of Ra, and who accompany the god Tem daily and

every day.

"I, Osiris the scribe Ani, whose word is truth, have filled for thee

the utchat (the Eye of Ra, or of Horus), when it had suffered

extinction on the day of the combat of the Two Fighters (Horus and


What was this combat?

It was the combat which took place on the day when Horus fought with

Set, during which Set threw filth in the face of Horus, and Horus

crushed the genitals of Set. The filling of the utchat Thoth performed

with his own fingers.

"I remove the thunder-cloud from the sky when there is a storm

with thunder and lightning therein."

What is this?

"This storm was the raging of Ra at the thunder-cloud which [Set]

sent forth against the Right Eye of Ra (the Sun). Thoth removed the

thunder-cloud from the Eye of Ra, and brought back the Eye living,

healthy, sound, and with no defect in it to its owner.

"Others, however, say that the thunder-cloud is caused by sickness

in the Eye of Ra, which weepeth for its companion Eye (the Moon); at

this time Thoth cleanseth the Right Eye of Ra.

"I behold Ra who was born yesterday from the thighs of the goddess

Mehurt; his strength is my strength, and my strength is his strength."

Who is this?

"Mehurt is the great Celestial Water, but others say that Mehurt

is the image of the Eye of Ra at dawn at his birth daily.

" [Others, however, say that] Mehurt is the utchat of Ra.

"Now Osiris the scribe Ani, whose word is truth, is a very great one

among the gods who are in the following of Horus; they say that he

is the prince who loveth his lord."Who are the gods who are in the train of Horus?

" [They are] Kesta, Hapi, Taumutef, and Qebhsenuf.

"Homage to you, O ye lords of right and truth, ye sovereign

princes (Tchatcha) who [stand] round about Osiris, who do away utterly

sins and offences, and who are in the following of the goddess

Hetepsekhus, grant ye that I may come unto you. Destroy ye all the

faults which are within me, even as ye did for the Seven Spirits who

are among the followers of their lord Sepa. Anpu (Anubis) appointed to

them their places on the day [when he said unto them] , "Come ye


Who are the "lords of right and truth"?

"The lords of right and truth are Thoth and Astes, the Lord of


"The Tchatcha round about Osiris are Kesta, Hapi, Tuamutef, and

Qebhsenuf, and they are also round about the Constellation of the

Thigh (the Great Bear), in the northern sky.

"Those who do away utterly sins and offences, and who are in the

following of the goddess Hetepsekhus, are the god Sebek and his

associates who dwell in the water.

"The goddess Hetepsekhus is the Eye of Ra.

"Others, however, say that it is the flame which accompanieth Osiris

to burn up the souls of his enemies.

"As concerning all the faults which are in Osiris, the registrar

of the offerings which are made unto all the gods, Ani, whose word

is truth, [these are all the offences which he hath committed

against the Lords of Eternity] since he came forth from his mother's


"As concerning the Seven Spirits who are Kesta, Hapi, Tuamutef,

Qebhsenuf, Maa-atef, Kheribeqef and Heru-khenti-en-ariti, these did

Anubis appoint to be protectors of the dead body of Osiris.

"Others, however, say that he set them round about the holy place of


"Others say that the Seven Spirits [which were appointed by

Anubis] were Netcheh-netcheh, Aatqetqet, Nertanef-besef-khenti-hehf,

Aq-her-ami-unnut-f, Tesher-ariti-ami-Het-anes,

Ubes-her-per-em-khetkhet, and Maaem-kerh-annef-em-hru.

"The chief of the Tchatcha (sovereign princes) who is in Naarutef is

Horus, the Advocate of his father.

"As concerning the day wherein [Anubis said to the Seven Spirits] ,

'Come ye hither,' [the allusion here] is to the words 'Come ye

hither,' which Ra spake unto Osiris."

Verily may these same words be said unto me in Amentet.

"I am the Divine Soul which dwelleth in the Divine Twin-gods."

Who is this Divine Soul?

"It is Osiris. [When] he goeth into Tetu, and findeth there the Soul

of Ra, the one god embraceth the other, and two Divine Souls spring

into being within the Divine Twin-gods."(From the Papyrus of Nebseni, Brit. Mus. No. 9900, Sheet 14, ll.


"As concerning the Divine Twin-gods they are Heru-netch-her-tefef

and Heru-khent-en-Ariti (Horus the Advocate of his father [Osiris] ,

and Horus the sightless).

"Others say that the double Divine Soul which dwelleth in the Divine

Twin-gods is the Soul of Ra and the Soul of Osiris, and yet others say

that it is the Soul which dwelleth in Shu, and the Sould which

dwelleth in Tefnut, and that these two Souls form the double Divine

Soul which dwelleth in Tetu.

"I am the Cat which fought near the Persea Tree in Anu on the

night when the foes of Neb-er-tcher were destroyed."

Who is this Cat?

"This male Cat is Ra himself, and he was called 'Mau' because of the

speech of the god Sa, who said concerning him: 'He is like (mau)

unto that which he hath made'; therefore, did the name of Ra become


"Others, however, say that the male Cat is the god Shu, who made

over the possessions of Keb to Osiris.

"As concerning the fight which took place near the Persea Tree in

Anu [these words have reference to the slaughter] of the children of

rebellion, when righteous retribution was meted out to them for [the

evil] which they had done.

"As concerning the 'night of the battle,' [these words refer to] the

invasion of the eastern portion of the heaven by the children of

rebellion, whereupon a great battle arose in heaven and in all the


"O thou who art in thine egg (Ra,) who showest from thy Disk, who

risest on thy horizon, and dost shine with golden beams in the

height of heaven, like unto whom there is none among the gods, who

sailest above the Pillars of Shu, who sendest forth blasts of fire

from thy mouth, [who illuminest the Two Lands with thy splendour,

deliver] thou Nebseni, the lord of fealty [to Osiris] , from the god

whose form is hidden, and whose eyebrows are like unto the two arms of

the Balance on the night when the sentences of doom are promulgated."

Who is this invisible god?

"It is An-a-f (he who bringeth his arm.).

"As concerning 'the night when the sentences of doom are

promulgated,' it is the night of the burning of the damned, and of the

overthrow of the wicked at the Block, and of the slaughter of souls."

Who is this [slaughterer of souls] ?

"It is Shesmu, the headsman of Osiris.

" [Concerning the invisible god] some say that he is Aapep when he

riseth up with a head bearing upon it [the feather of] Maat (Truth).

But others say that he is Horus when he riseth up with two heads,

whereon one beareth [the feather of] Maat, and the other [the symbol

of] wickedness. He bestoweth wickedness on him that worketh

wickedness, and right and truth upon him that followeth

righteousness and truth.

"Others say that he is Heru-ur (the Old Horus), who dwelleth in

Sekhem; others say that he is Thoth; others say that he is

Nefer-Tem; and others say that he is Sept who doth bring to nought the

acts of the foes of Nebertcher.

"Deliver thou the scribe Nebseni, whose word is truth, from the

Watchers, who carry murderous knives, who possess cruel fingers, and

who would slay those who are in the following of Osiris."

May these Watchers never gain the mastery over me, and may I never

fall under their knives!

Who are these Watchers?

"They are Anubis and Horus, [the latter being] in the form of

Horus the sightless. Others, however, say that they are the Tchatcha

(sovereign princes of Osiris), who bring to nought the operations of

their knives; and others say that they are the chiefs of the Sheniu


"May their knives never gain the mastery over me. May I never fall

under the knives wherewith they inflict cruel tortures. For I know

their names, and I know the being, Matchet, who is among them in the

House of Osiris. He shooteth forth rays of light from his eye, being

himself invisible, and he goeth round about heaven robed in the flames

which come from his mouth, commanding Hapi, but remaining invisible

himself. May I be strong on earth before Ra, may I arrive safely in

the presence of Osiris. O ye who preside over your altars, let not

your offerings to me be wanting, for I am one of those who follow

after Nebertcher, according to the writings of Khepera. Let me fly

like a hawk, let me cackle like a goose, let me lay always like the

serpent-goddess Neheb-ka." Who are those who preside over their altars?

"Those who preside over their altars are the similitude of the Eye

of Ra, and the similitude of the Eye of Horus.

"O Ra-Tem, thou Lord of the Great House [in Anu] , thou Sovereign

(life, strentgh, health [be to thee] ) of all the gods, deliver thou

the scribe Nebseni, whose word is truth, from the god whose face is

like unto that of a greyhound, whose brows are like those of a man,

who feedeth upon the dead, who watcheth at the Bend of the Lake of

Fire, who devoureth the bodies of the dead, and swalloweth hearts, and

who voideth filth, but who himself remaineth unseen."

Who is this greyhound-faced god?

"His name is 'Everlasting Devourer,' and he liveth in the Domain [of

Fire] (the Lake of Unt).

"As concerning the Domain of Fire, it is that Aat which is in

Naarutef, and is near the Sheniu chamber. The sinner who walketh

over this place falleth down among the knives [of the Watchers] .

"Others, however, say that the name of this god is 'Mates,' and that

he keepeth watch over the door of Amentet; others say that his name is

'Beba,' and that he keepeth watch over the Bend [of the stream] of

Amentet, and yet others say that his name is 'Herisepef.'

"Hail, Lord of Terror, Chief of the Lands of the South and North,

thou Lord of the Desert, who dost keep prepared the block of

slaughter, and who dost feed on the intestines [of men] !"
Who is this Lord of Terror?

"It is the Keeper of the Bend [of the stream] of Amentet."

Who is this Keeper?

"It is the Heart of Osiris, which is the devourer of all slaughtered


"The Urrt Crown hath been given unto him, with gladness of heart, as

Lord of Hensu."

Who is this?

"He to whom the Urrt Crown hath been given with gladness of heart as

Lord of Hensu is Osiris. He was bidden to rule among the gods on the

day of the union of earth [with earth] in the presence of Nebertcher."

Who is this?

"He who was bidden to rule among the gods is the son of Isis

(Horus), who was appointed to rule in the room of his father Osiris.

"As concerning [the words] 'day of the union of earth with earth,'

they have reference to the union of earth with earth in the coffin

of Osiris, the Soul that liveth in Hensu, the giver of meat and drink,

the destroyer of wrong, and the guide to the everlasting paths."

Who is this?

"It is Ra himself."

" [Deliver thou the Osiris the scribe Ani, whose word is truth]

from the great god who carrrieth away souls, who eateth hearts, who

feedeth upon offal, who keepeth watch in the darkness, who dwelleth in

the Seker Boat; those who live in sin fear him."
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i've read several versions of the book of the dead, and I think anyone who wants to learn heka (egyptain magic) would be wise to read through this. Thanks for posting this, it's a very good read.
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this is only part of it i will aventualy put the whole thibng if i get enough posts so
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sorry, i didn't read it all, it was very long, and i got distracted, so i didn't do what i was going to do,lol.
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